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Resorts World - Sentosa Island (Singapore)

Resorts World Sentosa Private Limited owns and operates Singapore’s Resorts World - Sentosa Island. The S$6.59 billion tourist destination spans 49 hectares and has welcomed over 40 million visitors since opening in January 2010. Resorts World Sentosa is home to Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium, casino, hotels, convention centre as well as specialty retail outlets.

Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd awarded McConnell Dowell the design and construct (D&C) contract for the Sentosa Seawall and Land Reclamation Project. The contract included the design and construction of approximately 1.1 km of seawall, the reclamation of approximately 6.4 hectares of land, and the improvement of the reclaimed fill using cement mixed piles. The McConnell Dowell team worked on two construction fronts to deliver within the tight construction timeline.

The works included:

  • Installation of 313 vertical steel pipe piles with a diameter of 1,600 mm;
  • Installation of 288 raked steel pipe piles with a diameter of 1,300 mm.
  • The pipe piles were drilled and suckered to a depth of approximately 12 m below seabed;
  • Installation of 624 AZ36-700 sheet piles;
  • Construction of 1 km of capping beam and installation of pre-cast fascia panels;
  • Placement of 570,000 m3 of select fill material;
  • Soil improvement works to an area of 64,000 m2;
  • Construction of three piers at the marine and maritime areas;
  • Protection of the existing monorail structure.


The marine work areas were restricted due to the close proximity to the regional ferry terminal, and land space was also limited due to the nature of the works. But in true McConnell Dowell style, these challenges were overcome by the experienced site team. The team also successfully exceeded the strict environmental criteria through close monitoring of environmental protocols throughout construction.

Most importantly, the project was completed ahead of schedule and achieved over 800,000 man-hours LTI free. The performance of the project team impressed our client and they have now awarded McConnell Dowell the Sentosa Vehicular Bridge and Causeway project.

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